Spectacular images show rarely seen Northern Lights over the UK this week

Patrick Grafton-Green
The stunning phenomenon above from Kinloss in Moray, Scotland: PA

A dazzling Northern Lights display has been visible over the UK this week much to the delight stargazers.

The green lights of the Aurora Borealis have been visible further south than usual, across parts of Scotland, northern England and south Wales.

The stunning show is the result of strong solar winds, with many enthusiasts taking snaps and posting them on social media.

The phenomenon is caused by collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun and particles in the Earth's atmosphere.

Photographs have been taken in Moray, Dunnet Head and Skye in Scotland, Oxenhope in West Yorkshire, Shrewsbury in Shropshire and the Breacon Beacons in Wales.

Amazing image: The Northern Lights spotted over Dunnet Head in Scotland (PA)

According to experts at the University of Lancaster, the Northern Lights will move over a large swathe of Britain between 9pm and 6am.

Beautiful image: The Aurora Borealis spotted in Oxenhope, West Yorkshire (PA)

The Aurora will be at its brightest between 9pm and midnight.

Bright skies: The Northern Lights visible from Shrewsbury in Shropshire on Wednesday (PA)

AuroraWatchUK, set up by the university, said the further north watchers are the more likely they will be to see the lights.